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17 Nov 2014

Recipe for success as Cork and Kinsale set to star on ‘small screen’ in Canada

1.5 million Canadians to see images of Cork and Kinsale on popular TV show

Images of Kinsale and Cork will be beamed into the homes of some 1.5 million Canadians in 2015. A TV crew is filming in Ireland right now for a popular cooking show called Gourmet Escapes, which airs on the Travel + Escape network in Canada.

Hosted by celebrity Canadian chef Gerardo D’amore, the premise of Gourmet Escapes is simple – the chef travels to an interesting destination, where he is set a cooking challenge by a local chef, in this instance Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy Restaurant in Kinsale. The show filmed here will see chef Gerardo travel around Kinsale and Cork, searching for ingredients in places like the English Market; he then returns to cook a meal using those local foods with Martin Shanahan.

As well as hunting for the local ingredients Chef Gerardo has also been filming at some of our well-known tourist sites along the way, including the Jameson Distillery in Midleton and the Shandon Bells in Cork city.

Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Canada, said: “Lifestyle programmes such as Gourmet Escapes are an excellent way to highlight Ireland to a huge audience in Canada. The episode filmed here will be seen by some 1.5 million Canadian ‘foodies’ and potential holidaymakers – encouraging them to come and sample the culinary delights of the destination for themselves.

“Television and film are recognised as strong influencers for prospective holidaymakers and Tourism Ireland regularly works with TV and production companies around the world, to facilitate the making of travel and lifestyle programmes and films around the island of Ireland. The publicity value of TV programmes like these is incalculable – it is a great way of promoting Ireland in Canada, helping to inspire prospective holidaymakers to come and experience the destination for themselves.”

2014 is set to be another record year for tourism from North America. According to the latest CSO figures, visitor numbers from the US and Canada have grown by +13.9% for January to September this year, an extra 130,000 visitors compared with the same nine-month period in 2013.

  Celebrity Canadian chef Gerardo D’Amore with celebrity Irish chef Martin Shanahan, during filming for a Canadian TV show, called Gourmet Escapes, at Martin’s Fishy Fishy Restaurant in Kinsale.

Notes To Editors

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  • In 2013, we welcomed an estimated 8 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €4 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
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